Trip Ideas, Planning and Preparation

2017 Surly Troll the Baja Divide bike!

2017 Surly Troll

Trip Ideas

Have become a bit enamored with the Baja Divide after catching a post in the Solo Male and Female Touring Cyclists FB group. After the 2016-17 winter’s wet and cold brutal assault on my entire being (the worst in 30 years for me) I knew I wanted to NOT be here for the next one. This route would be the complete opposite in all ways. Still have some decisions to make: logistically; financially (selling things like mad); and bike prep (2017 Surly Troll or 1990 Novara).

The perimeter of the US is very appealing and something I always hoped to do.

Spain, Portugal and Italy are on my list, along with many of the EuroVelo routes.

Preparation:

The biggest hurdle is finding someone to manage my business for months – that is looking good.

Bike: Having already sold my 650b Pereira custom and two other bikes, I had enough to get the Surly Troll – I went 26″ again as the 29ers just feel a bit too big for me, though I still fancy an Ogre at some point. No matter what bike – it must take cantilevers as this is one of many future trips in India, Romania and further and it needs that option (plus cantis are lighter and less complicated). The Troll has the lowest gears of any bike I’ve ever owned which is novel.

“Training”: Have been riding to Hurricane Ridge (5500 ft climb in 18 paved miles) from my house and a few multi-day touring miles. Should  start climbing Deer Park again which is far more challenging and gravel for 15 of the 25 miles from my house. Will also take in more tours and day rides of various kinds.

A few things to improve: GPS skills.

In my head I’m already going somewhere, but until a few more pieces come into place I won’t be fully committed until September, 2018.

That’s the current state of things so will add more later!

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